Dawn Walk in memory of Rick Turner

P1020145-minTransition Wilmslow’s Dawn Walk this year, on 22nd September will have certain poignancy as the group remembers Rick Turner, the archaeologist who recovered Lindow Man – the best preserved bog body in Britain.   Rick died earlier this year and the walk will be an appropriate time to reflect on his work.

He gave the keynote presentation at a Transition Wilmslow Day School about Lindow Moss in 2015 and had been supportive of the group’s Lindow Moss planning applications.

 Rick took part in the Dawn Walk organised by Transition Wilmslow in 2016 and gave a memorable account of what he imagined might have been Lindow Man’s last journal entries before his death.  He also underlined the importance of the cultural landscape of the Moss extending back thousands of years.   It is still in a condition where it can be recreated as a lowland raised mire.

Join Transition Wilmslow on this special Autumn Equinox walk on Saturday 22nd September 2018, starting from Lindow Common at 6:30am.  More information on our diary page.  The event is free, but please book via Eventbrite

Foraging Walk

Transition Wilmslow has put together another fabulous foraging walk in Wilmslow with expert forager James Wood from Totally Wild UK

Saturday June 2nd, 2018, 10am-2pm

Meet at 10am prompt at The Parish Hall Car Park, Cliff Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4AA.

Bring a foraging basket or bag to take your goodies home.

Includes tasters on the walk and a wild food lunch for participants at the end of the course – which is seasonally dependent but can range from nettle soup to wild inspired salad.

Tickets via Eventbrite

Early bird ticket offer of £20 per adult until 30 April 2018 increasing to £22 from 1 May 2018. All inclusive price – no extras. Children free.

A Good Result!

It was a good day for ‘Plastic Free Wilmslow’ at the Artisan Market Saturday 21 April 2018.  Many people visited the stall, saw the alternatives on offer and wrote pledges to cut their consumption of single-use plastic items.  It was encouraging to hear from market goers who are already cutting their use of plastic. Some stall holders came on board too with palm leaf plates, cardboard cartons and wooden cutlery.  All proving that it can be done.  We just have to set our minds to doing it!!

Don’t think disposable – think re-useable!Plastic Free Artisan Market Stall 2018-04-21

 

Make Wilmslow ‘Plastic-Free’!

Good News!

Many groups in Wilmslow are agreeing that we have to do SOMETHING to reduce the amount of single-use plastics.

We all know it is bad for the environment, bad for our wildlife – in fact

A TOTALLY BAD IDEA ALTOGETHER

 to throw away plastic items used just once.

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Worthing Pier wrapped in plastic: courtesy of plasticisrubbish.com

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Transition Wilmslow is leading the campaign locally and have many voluntary groups on board as well as Wilmslow Town Council.

Come to the meeting on Tuesday 27 February 2018, 7:15pm, at Wilmslow United Reformed Church and you will meet up with other like-minded residents wanting to achieve full accreditation as a ‘plastic-free’ town.  We would like to form a ‘Plastic-free Wilmslow Steering Group’ and also make plans for our stall at the Artisan Market on 21st April 2018 to publicise the adverse impact of plastics in our environment.

We are sure people will have lots of ideas!

Many campaign groups are now enjoying greater publicity since the BBC series ‘Blue Planet’ highlighted the amount of plastic waste in our oceans.  You can find out more at:

Surfers Against Sewage If this doesn’t convince you – nothing will!

Less Plastic  – plenty information here with an on-line shop to buy water bottles, sandwich bags etc.

Transition Wilmslow have raised the plastics issue in the past

Can you live plastic free?

Save our Oceans anyone?

Don’t think disposable – think re-useable!

Our Award-winning Community Garden!

Transition Wilmslow is thrilled to have won an award in the ‘In Your Neighbourhood’ category from the Britain in Bloom judges – Level Four ‘Thriving’!

Our community garden at The Temp, off Gravel Lane, Wilmslow, has grown from a small orchard of ten apple trees and one cherry tree to our current nine raised beds with great growing capacity for vegetable crops.  When the RHS judges visited in late Summer the Garden was at its best with a large variety of healthy vegetables ready for picking.   We now have a great educational facility to show people how to grow vegetables, encouraging them to go home and grow their own. This very much fits in with our aim of tending towards sustainability at a local level and of promoting a healthy lifestyle.  Read more here

Interested in getting involved? Contact us at transitionwilmslow@gmail.com

Transition Wilmslow Goes Foraging!

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James Wood from Totally Wild Foraging took us on a Foraging walk in The Carrs on 21st May. We tasted grasses, yarrow, daisies, hogweed seeds and stems, knotweed and hawthorn flower, and talked about rose bay willow herb asparagus. We learned what to do with elderflowers and elderberries when they are available, and ended up with a fantastic picnic of nettle soup which even the youngest children really enjoyed! Who knew what delicious treats there are hidden in The Carrs! James’s Cookbook, for those who are interested, (The Foragers Cookbook) is available on Amazon, and his blog is a great source of seasonal tips.

Join us with James on a Mushroom Day on November 4th: details will be on the website in due course.

 

More Fruit Trees Planted

Transition Wilmslow had a tree planting session on Saturday 4 February 2017.  We were at ‘The Temp’ orchard at Gravel Lane, Wilmslow to replace three damaged apple trees.  Chris talked us through the whole process; how deep to dig the holes; where to place the support stakes, how high to build up the surrounding soil.

It was also a good opportunity to discuss the position of the additional raised beds that will soon be built in between the trees.

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Pruning Workshop

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We were pleased to have 18 ‘budding’ tree pruners at our workshop on Saturday 21 January 2017 at the Transition Wilmslow Orchard in Meriton Park Handforth.  Thanks to hands-on instruction from Gavin and Chris, attenders gained confidence to try the skill for themselves.  Result? All the apple trees were pruned sucessfully (the plum trees must be left until later in the spring).  Thanks to all who turned up.

If you missed this session and would like to have an opportunity to practice, Mobberley Community Orchard Group invite you to join a work party at Fieldside Close, Mobberley on Saturday 4 February 2017 from 8am til noon.  More information from Nick Eadie 01565 872306

How to Prune Fruit Trees

A great opportunity to learn more about pruning fruit trees – and it’s entirely free!

Come along to the orchard in Meriton Park, Handforth on Saturday, 21st Jan, 2017 from 10-11am for some advice and ‘hands-on’ practice organised by Transition Wilmslow.

Access from the gate behind Handforth Paddock and walk to the far end of the Park to meet up. Secateurs optional. Sensible footwear and warm clothing recommended.

The Inaugural Transition Wilmslow Lecture

The Inaugural Transition Wilmslow Lecture, 10th October 2016

We had a full house for our very first Transition Wilmslow Lecture!

We thought an Annual Lecture  might be a way of appealing to a wider audience, demonstrating that Transition towns are not just about “green” issues but about sustainable communities in general. The Transition Network has set up a website “Reconomy”  http://www.reconomy.org talking about different ways of thinking about the economy, and of course a number of Transition Towns (Lewes, Totnes, Brixton, Bristol, and even…at one point in history..Ambridge!) have their own currency. We invited Derek Whyte, Deputy CEO of Preston City Council, to talk about the work they have done with CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) in Manchester, and a European Consortium, to look at how they procure goods and services, and ways in which they can procure more locally. It was good to hear they have significantly increased their local procurement, with benefits for local businesses and jobs.

We were delighted to have an expert discussion panel, with Dominic Oakshott from CEC, Richard Jones who was Director of Social Services for Lancashire and now undertakes consultancy work in social care and the charitable sector, and Catherine Mackenzie, Chair of Wilmslow Business Group. Dominic told us that CEC have been working to get more local procurement, and are up to around 25%; Catherine pointed out the challenges for small businesses in negotiating procurement challenges (large companies may have groups of lawyers negotiating these which makes it difficult for small enterprises) and Richard pointed out the real problems in local authority funding at present which make any economic model difficult. There was a lively discussion with the audience  which, as always, raised more questions than it answered, but we agreed that there is a tension between local procurement and having processes in place to ensure fair tendering.  There were lots of positive comments from the audience so we’d like to organise another lecture for next year: any suggestions for speakers gratefully received!